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Garpanchkot

Destination : West Bengal - World Tourism Week / World Tourism Day (Sept 27, 2012)

 

Garpanchkot is an isolated, green, quiet and serene valley at the heart of the reserve forest area in West Bengal, situated near the Panchet Dam on the boarder of Bardhaman district and Jharkhand. The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Ltd (WBFDCL) offers the tourists a wonderful arrangement of stay at Garhpanchkot. The nature resorts, located at the foothill of Panchakot (Panchet Hill), are very pleasant and refreshing. Alongside nature’s amazing beauty, Garpanchkot is also a testimonial to a rich ancient historical heritage, famous for 1400 year old ruins, the Garh (fortress) of an ancient East Indian kingdom standing with a vast background of Panchet Hill.

 

According to legend, Damodar Sekhar established Panchkot Raj probably during early 90 AD and expanded his kingdom over several other parganas. To give recognition to the main five (panch) clans (khunt) of the locals the kingdom assumed the name Panchkot. The kingdom was probably a part of old ‘Tilakampa’ Kingdom. The ruins of Telkupi, the said capital of Tilakampa, submerged after the construction of Panchet Dam. Around 1600 AD, Garhpanchkot came under the rule of the famous king Bir Hambir of Bishnupur Malla Dynasty. The ruins of the Garh (Fort) of Singh Deo Dynasty located at the southern foothills and a group of temples is still standing as mute spectators of the rise & fall of the dynasty. More: www.wbfdc.com/gpkt/historical-ruins.html

 

Worth Reading: The Ghost Temples of Telkupi: www.international.icomos.org/risk/world_report/2006-2007/...

 

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